Topic: People

2 Upcoming Girish Events

Written on December 26, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Kirtan Concert with Girish Friday, January 12, at 7:00 pm Island Souls Studio (formerly XYZ Studios) 689 Airport Center Road Tickets $25 in advance, at this link or $30 at the door Girish, an accomplished musician of many genres, former monk infused in spiritual practice, loving wordsmith linking lyrics and rhythm in a blissful musical  Continue Reading

Farewell Mayor Lacher

Written on December 22, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

A large crowd of town and county residents gathered in Town Hall on Thursday to say thank you and farewell to Carrie Lacher, Friday Harbor’s first woman mayor. They thanked her for her many achievements as well as a new era of cooperation between the town, the county, the port, and others. She thanked the  Continue Reading

Honoring Mayor Carrie Lacher

Written on December 18, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Everyone is welcome to attend an open house at Town Hall on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. We are honoring Mayor Carrie Lacher for her wonderful years of public service to the Town.

December EMT of the Month

Written on December 18, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Congratulations to Matthew Wickey the December EMT of the month! Matthew is the newest member of San Juan EMS having just passed his National EMT testing. Along with his interest in medicine, Matt has worked as an outdoor educator and conservation biologist for the past 20 years in a multitude of programs and projects centered  Continue Reading

New Director of Development at SJCT

Written on December 15, 2017 at 10:17 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s new Director of Development has deep roots in both fundraising and the arts. Amy Price moved from Texas to Friday Harbor this summer in time for her daughter to begin high school. Price has been involved with fundraising work for more than two decades, helping to raise some $100 million dollars  Continue Reading

Christmas Jazz Vocals by Local Composer

Written on December 14, 2017 at 9:37 am, by

Last weekend, the San Juan Singers performed “Christmas at Our House” written by local composer Richard Hieronymus with lyricist Peggy Browning. A member of the chorus, Bert Dayton, arranged the song for the chorus. When asked about his song, Hieronymus said, “It’s funny how time flies. Peggy and I wrote that song back in 1967.  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Names New Executive Director

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Angela Anderson to “Come Home” from Hawaii to the Salish Sea December 12, 2017 – The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization based in Friday Harbor, announced today that it has hired Angela Anderson as its new executive director, effective February 12, 2018. Ms. Anderson will lead  Continue Reading

Chamber Awards and Ferry Workers Appreciation Day

Written on December 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on Monday evening at Brickworks. In addition to the usual awards given out to various island businesses there was also a proclamation given by Mayor Carrie Lacher to the ferry workers for their service to the community. After an especially difficult year with  Continue Reading

Nuts are Still Available

Written on December 12, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Nancy Fusare writes to let you know about the Presbyterian Church ladies group Mary Martha Circle annual nut sale. You can contact her directly at (360) 317-6592 to place your orders. Or, order forms are also available at the Presbyterian Church. Nancy adds that you can still get these in time for Christmas baking.

Paddling With Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey

Written on December 9, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

Join Griffin Bay Bookstore at the San Juan Island Library on December 13th at 7:00 pm for an exciting evening with Lopezian Irene Skyriver when she presents her wonderful book, Paddling With Spirits, the story of her solo kayak trip from Alaska back to the islands. Inspired partly by her own spirit of adventure, and  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on December 8, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Greetings Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members: As 2017 comes to a close, I am excited to share some of the amazing things happening in our district. The implementation of the Balanced Literacy program at the elementary school is in full swing, the Turnbull Gym locker room remodel is complete and we have started our  Continue Reading

Jo Bailey, Aug. 15, 1928 – Oct. 13, 2017

Written on December 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm, by

“The word ‘gusto’ could have been invented for her” Jo Bailey, who worked on the Friday Harbor Journal as a reporter and columnist for 12 years beginning in 1977, died October 13 in Port Townsend. She came here on her 30′ wooden sloop, Sea Witch, and despite having almost no newspaper experience persuaded Larry Duthie,  Continue Reading

David Gimlett in Memoriam

Written on December 2, 2017 at 9:39 am, by

Dr. David Gimlett, a dedicated family physician for over 40 years, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Tacoma, WA. Born in Salt Lake City, David wanted to be a physician from age five on. He worked in  hospitals during his later teens, then went on to medical education via a unique pathway: one  Continue Reading

New ER Doc at PIMC

Written on December 2, 2017 at 9:35 am, by

PeaceHealth welcomes a new emergency medicine provider to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center:  Jason Oost, MD.  Dr. Oost earned his degree in Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed an Emergency Medicine Residency as well as an Ultrasound Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. In addition  Continue Reading

Christmas Spoken Here

Written on December 1, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Have you seen the new shop called “Christmas Spoken Here”? It’s a candy and gifts shop across the street past the library right where Guard Street turns right to become Beaverton Valley Road. Inside you’ll find a very homey atmosphere and a room full of old fashioned Christmas decorations. Lots of new, vintage and refurbished  Continue Reading

Writing Our History Project: Marjorie Walker

Written on December 1, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

A committee of the Writing Our History Project members and the Town of Friday Harbor Arts Commission is looking for artwork by, and stories about artist and islander Marjorie Walker. If any of your readers have information, art, letters, articles about or anything that would contribute to an upcoming history installation and essay we  Continue Reading

Meet & Greet Author Events

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore presents two upcoming events: First it’s Flight as a Lifetime Passion: Adventures, Misadventures and Lessons  by John Geyman, M.D. (note: click below for the 2nd event: Volcano: an A to Z) Share John Geyman’s 58 years in the air as he talks about his book: Flight as a Lifetime Passion: Adventures, Misadventures  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Series

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back at it again with another of her San Juan Island Lifestyle videos. This time it’s all about making chutney…


Written on November 24, 2017 at 12:17 am, by

Thank you for another wonderful Community Thanksgiving Celebration! We want to give a special thank you to the 100+ volunteers who pitched in to make this wonderful Community Thanksgiving Dinner happen.  Sometimes there were a dozen people in the kitchen mashing potatoes, chopping salad, stirring gravy or washing pots.  Out in the dining room another  Continue Reading

New Shopping Spree Record!

Written on November 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm, by

Shahn McGuire did the Lion’s Club King’s Market Shopping Spree on Tuesday afternoon and broke the previous record for dollar value. In only four minutes Shahn was able to fill shopping carts with $1,076.95 worth of groceries. The previous record of roughly $880.00 was held by Rikki Swin who did the shopping spree in 2015.  Continue Reading

WPPA Honors Ahrenius

Written on November 19, 2017 at 7:52 am, by

The Washington Public Ports Association awarded Life Membership to Mike Ahrenius at their Annual Meeting in Seattle on November 17th.  The plaque reads: “In Recognition of an Outstanding Contribution to the Programs, Purposes and Objectives of the Washington Public Ports Association LIFE MEMBERSHIP is hereby presented to Mike Ahrenius in appreciation of his service to  Continue Reading

Eric Takes First Place

Written on November 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Frank Penwell shares this good news for Eric Sable… Three cheers for Eric Sable ‘s talent, discipline, and perseverance. In June of 2017, Eric Sable represented Friday Harbor Grange #225 at the Washington State Grange Convention held at Ocean Shores, WA. Eric played a harmonica with a “beat box vibe.” Eric took first place at  Continue Reading